Scholarships available for Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop

The Wisconsin Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is offering its 20th annual summer workshop, August 27-29, 2010, at Treehaven Field Station in Wisconsin’s northwoods.

Registration fee for 2-nights lodging, 6 meals, instruction, equipment use, and entertainment is $289 per person. There are five $200 scholarships available for participants with a financial need who enroll in the Hunter Education Track for this workshop. Scholarships will be awarded to qualified participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

This learn-by-doing outdoor skills program features more than 20 unique hands-on classes including fly fishing, canoeing, archery, sewing with fur, rifle and shotgun shooting, tree ID, birding, map reading, digital photography, boat and trailer basics and more. Evening programs include hiking tour of Treehaven at sunset and an outdoor fair that will give participants a chance to learn a few more outdoor skills, crafts, and fun activities in a relaxed environment.

Treehaven is a residential natural resources education and conference facility located between Rhinelander and Tomahawk. Owned and operated by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources, Treehaven rests on a glacial ridge overlooking 1,400 acres of forest and wetlands. This spring, remodeling of the dormitory buildings was completed. Participants will enjoy private, modern bathroom facilities in each of the newly furnished rooms.

Outdoor recreation is becoming more popular among women as they look for fun ways to get exercise and relieve stress. Many women today are unplugging from the wired world and heading outside to connect with nature. The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program provides a welcoming path to that connection. No experience is necessary to participate.

For more information on the workshop and scholarships, contact Peggy Farrell, 715/346-4681, or email Visit the BOW web site at

“BOW provides a safe learning environment where participants can try new activities, build confidence and get outdoors more as a result,” explains BOW director Peggy Farrell.

BOW gives participants the opportunity to learn in the company of other women, providing an atmosphere of camaraderie rather than competition. Research shows adult women prefer this supportive approach that allows them to set personal goals and progress at their own pace.

“It’s very rewarding to see a group of 100 women from all walks of life, ages 18 to 80- something, cheer each other on and make new friends,” says Farrell. She adds that although some women sign up to attend the program with friends or family, many come on their own and feel immediately welcome.

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